Pakistan Welcomes world efforts to defuse Pak-India Tensions

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad:  Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson has welcomed efforts by international community to defuse tension between Pakistan and India. Mohammad Faisal, while responding to a question at his weekly media briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, said that Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has spoken to his counterparts from 20 countries on recent tensions with India.

Dr. Mohammad Faisal said we support any kind of mediator efforts to defuse tension with India but our diplomacy is deliberate and carefully measured, he said. Spokesman added Pakistan wishes to de-escalate the situation and is ready to engage in dialogue. Pakistan is not looking towards any country for its defense, but we have very good detailed interaction with our friends in international community especially with Islamic world to whom we have decade old ties he said.

In a latest development Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas urged Indian and Pakistan to defuse the crisis and not resort to escalation.

President Mahmoud Abbas urged India and Pakistan to exert all efforts possible to defuse the crisis and not resort to escalation, in order to preserve good neighborhood and serve the best interests of both nations and the whole world. He also said that Palestine will stand ready to make all efforts possible with both sides to ensure stability and calm between the two countries.

On Thursday Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Thursday spoke with the Pakistani and Indian prime ministers separately over a telephone call on the ongoing tensions between the two counties said a press release.

The prime ministers exchanged views on recent developments, and the UAE representative emphasised the importance of dealing with these worrying developments, and working towards easing tensions between the two countries, prioritising dialogue and communication between the parties. The Abu Dhabi crown prince stressed the UAE’s will to support positive relations between the two neighbouring countries, noting the common historical and cultural ties that bring them together.

Sheikh Mohammed underscored the UAE’s keenness on ensuring peace and stability in India-Pakistan ties, expressing his great confidence in the two countries’ leadership prioritizing peaceful dialogue in dealing with the developments that have occurred in the past few days.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday also telephoned Prime Minister Imran Khan and congratulated the latter on his statesman-like offer to India for de-escalating tensions and working towards peace. Erdogan said that Islam is a religion of peace that underscores resolving disputes in a peaceful manner, according to a statement issued from the PM Khan’s office.

Appreciating the announcement by the Pakistan premier to release the captured Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan, the Turkish president pointed out that this gesture was “a sign of strength.” During the conversation, the statement said, Khan briefed the Turkish leader on the situation as it evolved over the past few days and the efforts he made to de-escalate the crisis.

Khan thanked Turkish president for his constant support to Pakistan and the Kashmiri people.

The two leaders agreed that President Erdogan’s visit to Pakistan for the Pakistan-Turkey High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council meeting would provide the opportunity for an in-depth overview of bilateral relations and the way forward, the statement read further. On the occasion, PM Khan underscored that “Pakistan is the one country that will always stand by Turkey,” it added.

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